Bronchial Asthma: Principles of Diagnosis and Treatment

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M. Eric Gershwin, Timothy Eugene Albertson
Humana Press, 2001 - Health & Fitness - 476 pages
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Despite the improved care and diagnosis of asthma, the incidence of asthma mortality is increasing. Asthma is currently the most chronic childhood illness, and among the most chronic adult diseases. The primary care physician is the most important first line defense to diagnose and treat asthma, and must be apprised of the rapidly changing management guidelines that are emerging with the advent of new drugs and approaches. This book was developed for primary care providers and offers a review of the basic mechanisms, medications and treatment of asthma. It emphasizes recognition and management of asthma, and such special problems as asthma in the pregnant patient, in the pediatric patient, and in the exercise-induced patient. Allergic broncho-pulmonary aspergillosis, alternative/herbal medications, environmental and occupational effects, food additives, recreational drug use, and other topics are reviewed with the primary care physician in mind. The psychological, social and legal aspects are also addressed as well as treating the adult onset asthmatic.

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Gershwin, University of California Medical School-Davis, CA.

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